N.J. files defense of sports betting effort

New Jersey is responding to a request by the major pro sports leagues and the NCAA to prevent the state from allowing sports gambling to begin this weekend.

In a court filing late Wednesday, the state reiterated its contention that the language in a federal appeals court ruling last year opened the door for New Jersey to roll back its prohibitions on sports gambling. Gov. Chris Christie signed a law last Friday that does that.

Monmouth Park has said it will offer sports gambling beginning this Sunday. The leagues and NCAA asked a federal judge this week for a temporary injunction to stop that from happening.

Only Nevada currently offers single-game sports betting. Delaware and two other states are allowed to offer multi-game sports parlay pools.

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